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Everything I Learned When Taking My Baby To Disneyland

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Disneyland is my absolute favorite destination. It truly is the happiest place on earth, and I was SO excited to take my baby to Disneyland.

 

My parents took all of us to Disneyland to enjoy the Christmas season. My baby had just turned 3 months old, so I knew this visit would be super different from previous visits without a baby. 

 

Still eager and excited to take my sweet baby to my home away from home, I began to research all the tips and tricks there are in bringing a baby to the park.

 

I found a lot of great information regarding toddler-age kids, but I still had questions regarding a young baby like mine.

 

Unwavering, I compiled some notes that I thought would be helpful, packed all sorts of items for the park, and jumped right into it! 

 

Now that I have experienced taking a baby to Disneyland firsthand, I thought I would share what I found useful, and things that I wish I had known or was better prepared for! 

 

Taking A Baby To Disneyland

 

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1. Have a good stroller

You will want a good stroller when you bring your baby to Disney. It is so nice to have a place where my baby could nap. Not to mention a place to store jackets, souvenirs, backpacks, etc. 

 

I would recommend you have some sort of canopy attached to your stroller to block out the sun.

 

I also opted to put a cover over the stroller at times to further block out light during Baby’s naps, as well as *try* and keep my baby as germ-free as possible. 

 

You can also rent a single stroller for $18 per day or a double stroller for $36 dollars a day. 

 

I have a stroller that works with my car seat. It was perfect for our trip. It wasn’t too bulky or large, and it was easy to maneuver around in the crowds!

 

2. Ditch the stroller when you can

We went to Disneyland the week leading up to Christmas. I knew it would be busy, but it was BUSY.

 

Having a stroller was nice to have to wheel my baby around, and store my stuff, but it would get extremely cumbersome (especially in high-traffic areas like Fantasyland or New Orleans Square). 

 

I quickly learned that it was easy to park my stroller and to wear my baby while moving about the park. There is plenty of stroller parking around the park.

 

My baby loves being in his carrier, and he especially loved it at Disneyland! There is so much to see, and he was having a great time.

 

The evenings got pretty cold, so I made sure my baby was bundled up with his hat and coat before I put him in the carrier, or I just wrapped my large puffy coat around him and zipped him up! 

 

3. Mark your stroller

When you park your stroller you will want to have an easy and quick way of identifying it later! Most of the strollers look the same!

 

Cast members also will occasionally shift strollers so you may go to retrieve your stroller and it could be in a different spot. 

 

I had planned to bring some bright ribbon to attach to my stroller, but I, unfortunately, forgot it.

 

I went the first day without having anything easy to identify my stroller with, and there were a couple of times I had a mini panic attack when I couldn’t find it.

 

After that, I had a bright blue water bottle that I kept in the cup holder that did the job. 

 

I would suggest marking your stroller with some ribbon, a balloon, a bright-colored jacket, just something so you can distinguish it from the rest of the strollers. 

 

I was in line for Splash Mountain (RIP) while my mom was watching my baby. A man came up and started putting his things into my stroller, but fortunately, my mom was right there and kindly let him know that he had the wrong stroller!

 

4. Disney Baby Care Centers

Disney offers a Baby Care Center in each park.

 

In Disneyland, the center is at the end of Main Street next to the First Aid Station.

 

In California Adventure, the center is in San Fransokyo Square next to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. 

 

Taking A Baby To Disneyland Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop

 

The Baby Care Center has several changing tables, a couple of miniature toilets for your little toddler, and a few private nursing areas with rocking chairs.

 

There is a small kitchen area with a microwave and bottle warmers.

 

There is also a vending machine with baby essentials like diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, and sunscreen (although when I went, most everything was sold out). 

 

The center is not too big, but it is a nice, quiet place to get away from the busy park.

 

They are also air-conditioned/heated!

 

These centers are a great resource when you and/or your baby need a break for a moment.

 

5. Feeding your baby

Breastfeeding

How I was going to feed my baby was one of my biggest questions when planning my trip. I was breastfeeding and supplementing with formula.

 

I tried breastfeeding in the park, but it just wasn’t my thing, so I opted to use a portable breast pump instead. This was a game changer and was so convenient to carry around and use.

 

Sometimes I would go into the bathroom to put it on, other times I would find some secluded area and put it on right there. 

 

I saw women everywhere breastfeeding their child. Some were using a cover and others were just going for it! Don’t feel like it would be weird if you fed your baby out in the open, it happens all the time! 

 

Bottle Feeding

I had the water for his bottles pre-measured in several bottles that I brought in the diaper bag with me. In addition to that, I found a cool formula dispenser where I could also have several feedings worth of formula pre-measured as well.

 

This made preparing bottles in the park extremely easy, and also nice for my parents when they were watching my baby.

 

I brought several disposable water bottles that I used to rinse my pumps, or if needed, use to make a bottle.

 

Because it was December and still decently cold outside, the water was too cold to give to my baby. I’m sure on a hot day you could use a water bottle that had been left out and naturally warmed up. 

 

I asked a cast member if I could order some hot water and they told me that was not allowed. But they pointed me in the direction of the Baby Care Center where there are microwaves and bottle warmers. 

 

My husband had the idea of bringing an insulated water bottle that had been filled with hot water for the next time we go, that way we would have hot water with us. 

 

I recommend bringing bottles with caps on them to keep them as clean and germ-free as possible! 

 

I was a little worried that I would have some kind of problem bringing in my pumps, portable charger, formula, and bottles with me, but there was never a problem with the security checks!

 

You are also allowed to bring snacks into the park! So if your baby can eat solids, make sure to pack cereal puffs, applesauce pouches, fruit snacks, or whatever your baby likes to snack on.

 

6. Changing your baby

All of the bathrooms, men and women, have diaper changing tables typically located in the front of the bathroom. Toilet paper is available at the tables.

 

I brought a portable changing mat that I would lay down on the table, but I saw several others changing their child directly on the table. 

 

7. Disneyland App

The Disneyland App is your friend! You will for sure want to have this downloaded for your trip.

 

It has all the ride wait times listed, where you can buy food, place a mobile order for food, where the nearest bathroom is, different show times and parades, and different characters that are out for you to see! 

 

You can link your Disneyland ticket to the app so you don’t need to fumble in your bag anytime you enter the park. Just open the app on your phone and they can scan your ticket from there.

 

You can have all the tickets from your whole party on your account so you could scan yours and your kid’s tickets at the same time.

 

You will also want your ticket readily available for Rider Swap (more on that below).

 

Taking A Baby To Disneyland Disneyland Tickets

 

8. Rider Swap

Rider Swap is awesome! It is a way for everyone to have a chance to go on the bigger rides, while someone stays with the kids.

 

You can ask a cast member, or check on the app to see if the desired ride has Rider Swap available (not all rides offer it).

 

To utilize Rider Swap, you go to the front of the ride where a cast member is. Tell them you have a baby and would like to do Rider Swap.

 

Every time we did Rider Swap, the cast members were super chill about it, but we did have one instance where we had to “prove” we had a baby by showing him to the cast member.

 

The cast member will then scan your ticket, along with two other tickets if you have them! 

 

So your party can wait in line for the ride while someone else watches the kids. After everyone has gotten off the ride, you can switch who watches the kids, and those who had their tickets scanned for Rider Swap can go on the ride through the lightning lane!

 

This way you get on the ride a lot faster and have minimal wait! 

 

9. Diaper Bag Essentials

You will want to have your diaper bag efficiently and well-packed when you are in the park.

 

Remember, security will check your bag and either rummage around in there themselves or ask you to move things around for them.

 

I loved the diaper bag that we used. It has a lot of pockets and space for all your baby’s needs, as well as insulated bottle holders to keep bottles cold/hot! 

 

You will want to pack:

  • Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Extra clothes
  • Extra burp rags
  • Swaddle
  • Socks (some rides require your child to be wearing socks or shoes)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox wipes to clean surfaces 
  • Toys 
  • Extra pacifiers 
    • My niece lost her binky on day one but luckily we had an extra for her to use
  • Binky clips 
    • These were super useful in keeping my baby’s binky handy without it falling and getting lost or dirty
    • We brought an extra binky clip so my niece used it after she lost her binky
    • Also, a great way to tether toys in place for easy access
  • Snacks
  • Formula
  • Bottles 
  • Portable charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottles
  • Ear muffs (if your baby is sensitive to sound, the fireworks are LOUD)

 

10. Hotel choice

You will want to take your little baby into account when you are selecting a hotel.

 

I have heard how amazing it is to stay in a Disney Hotel. These hotels have easy access and are just minutes from the park. A Disney Hotel would be nice to be able to quickly get away for naps or a break.

 

If you are looking to save some money by booking a hotel outside of the park, then you will want to think about a few things:

  • Am I willing to walk to the park?
  • If my hotel is not within walking distance, how will I be getting to the park?
  • If I take the bus or a shuttle, how will I securely fit my child into the vehicle? 

 

Taking A Baby To Disneyland Disney Signs

 

11. Disney Parking Garage

We ultimately decided to pay for parking at the parking garage. It was fairly simple getting in and out of the structure (although it was incredibly busy when we arrived one morning at 11).

 

You just drive up to a booth in the parking garage and pay a fee to a cast member. We were then guided to a specific parking stall. 

 

If you have the Disneyland App, it will know that you are parking your car and will give you the option to input where you are parked.

 

Later, when we left the park, the app knew we were back in the parking garage and showed us our imputed parking spot. 

 

After parking, you take either an elevator or escalator down to either the ground floor to wait at the security check to get on the tram to the park, or you can go to the second floor to walk to the park.

 

12. Using the tram vs. walking to the park

Riding The Tram

If you parked in the parking garage, you have the option of riding the tram to Disney. It’s a fun way to get to the park, a sort of pre-ride.

 

The wait at security to get on the tram can be a long one. After getting through the security check, you wait to get on the tram, which, depending on when you are trying to enter the park, can also be long. 

 

The cast members ask you to take everything out of your stroller and fold it up when getting on the tram.

 

I saw this as a pretty big inconvenience. We had some things packed in the undercarriage of our stroller, and folding up the stroller was a hassle with all of our things and our baby inside.

 

There is a wheelchair-accessible tram car that I saw some people using for their strollers, but I didn’t want to get in the way of anyone with a wheelchair who actually needed it.

 

The tram ride is just a few minutes over to the park and drops you off at the front of Downtown Disney. 

 

Taking A Baby To Disneyland Walking to the park

 

Walking To The Park

If you want to skip the wait at security and get on the tram, or you don’t want to have to bother with folding up your stroller, you could always walk to the park.

 

We did this a few times. The walk is pretty short, probably about ten minutes, and it leads you to the back end of Downtown Disney. 

 

The lines for security checks there were a lot shorter and quicker there.

 

After security, you just stroll through Downtown Disney where you will then be at the front entrance to Disneyland or California Adventure. 

 

There also is the option of taking the monorail into Disneyland!

 

There is a monorail boarding station in Downtown Disney. A cast member checks your ticket and then you board! Here you are asked to fold up your stroller. 

 

Walking countless miles during your trip to Disney is no small feat, but with these shoes my feet were barley sore!

 

13. Rides you can take your baby on

Here is a list of all the rides you can take your baby on! You can check on the app if a ride has height requirements, if not, your baby can go!

 

Some rides may be a bit fast, have small drops, or can be a little jerky, so take that into account when deciding if the ride is okay for your baby.

 

 The Haunted Mansion

 

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  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Mad Tea Party
  • It’s a Small World 
  • King Arthur Carousel
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Snow White’s
    Enchanted Wish
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin
  • Monorail
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Astro Orbiter

 

California Adventure 
  • Web Slingers
  • Monsters Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue
  • The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Jessie’s Critter Carousel
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round – Non-Swinging

 

The Little Mermaid

 

14. Non-ride options to do with your baby

Disneyland has so much to offer, and so much to do! Here are some things that you can do with your baby other than riding rides!

 

General Park Experiences (make sure to check your app for different experience showtimes!) 
  • Shows
  • Parades
  • Character interactions
  • Downtown Disney
  • Enjoying the atmosphere of the park
  • Shops
  • Just outside of the Disneyland park entrance, there is a picnic area available by the lockers. This is a nice, quiet place where you can have lunch, or just take a break from the crowds. 

 

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  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Adventureland Treehouse
  • Mark Twain’s Riverboat
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Disney Gallery
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Mickey’s House
  • Minnie’s House
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Fireworks

 

California Adventure
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Animation Academy
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Sorcerer’s Workshop
  • Beast’s Library
  • Hyperion Theater
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Games of Pixar Pier
  • World of Color

 

Disneyland is such a magical place, and it is so much fun to see the magic through your child’s eyes! Enjoy every moment and don’t stress about the little stuff!

 

 

You may also like:

The Ultimate List of Baby-Friendly Rides at Disneyland

What To Do At Disneyland With Your Baby

35 Fun And Easy Things To Do On A Road Trip With Your Kids

 

Everything I Learned When Taking My Baby To Disneyland

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